Hope grows that rescued beluga will link up with St. Lawrence pod

A beluga whale rescued after getting stuck in the Nepisiguit River in Bathurst, N.B., on Thursday has been observed swimming close to a pod in the St. Lawrence River after being transported there by plane.  (Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Whale Stewardship Project / THE CANADIAN PRESS)   The rescued beluga whale is readied for his journey to the […]

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Health Canada raises concern over shortage of drug used for numerous conditions

The global supply of vials of sodium bicarbonate has been tight since late May due to manufacturing delays and Health Canada says a recent recall means that there is now a shortage in Canada and around the world.  (MEGGAN HALLER / The New York Times)   By The Canadian Press Sat., June 17, 2017 OTTAWA—A recall of […]

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Jagmeet Singh comes out against Kinder Morgan pipeline in climate change plan

OTTAWA—NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is releasing a four-page climate change plan that includes taking a stand against the Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines. Singh came under fire from other leadership contenders during a debate last Sunday in St. John’s, N.L., when he did not definitively spell out a position on Kinder Morgan, noting […]

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No easy cure for left-out medical-school grads

MONTREAL—A record number of medical-school graduates this year missed out on residency programs, their final training stage, due to an “alarming trend” that puts at risk the hundreds of thousands of dollars provincial governments have invested in the next generation of Canadian doctors. This spring, more than 2,700 medical students were accepted to residency programs […]

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The CRA is keeping tax cheat data secret, breaking minister’s commitment

National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier committed in February to release data on requests for information made through Canada’s world-leading 115 tax treaties and agreements.  (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS)   Canada’s tax authority refuses to say how often it has used international treaties and agreements to obtain information on tax cheats, despite a commitment by the […]

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Tragic case of Robert Chu shows plight of Canadian medical school grads

Medical school graduate Robert Chu took his own life last fall after being passed over twice for medical residency programs.  (Courtesy of the Chu family)   After he was passed over twice for a medical residency program, after he quizzed university officials and career counsellors about the reasons for his rejection, after exploring his legal options and […]

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Canada’s political parties, media vulnerable to foreign hacks, spy agency says

OTTAWA—Canada’s electronic spy agency says it’s “very likely” groups will attempt to influence the 2019 federal election through cyber attacks and information operations. The Communications Security Establishment said Friday it expects multiple groups will “deploy cyber capabilities” in order to influence the outcome of the next federal election. “Cyber threats against democratic processes are increasing […]

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Here’s how Ontario casinos blew $10 million in interest-free loans to gamblers

The program, which OLG says responsibly offers house credit under strict controls, has approved up to $37 million in credit since 2010, though not all of this credit was necessarily accessed. The casinos do not advertise or promote the service, OLG said. Not everyone who asks for credit gets it. OLG data shows that in […]

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